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Getting to Hawaii just in time for the hurricanes

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A CBS News 8 photojournalist and his family arrived just in time to catch two hurricanes expected to hit Hawaii in the next few days.

Hurricane Iselle is expected to hit Thursday night and weaken to a tropical storm, but then you have a second hurricane, Julio, which is forecast to strengthen and pass north of the big island sometime over the weekend.

Families and business owners in Hilo have been boarding up shops, taping crosses on windows. Families are stocking up for supplies at grocery stores with heavy rain falling and yellow tape wrapped around high water areas.

But in Honolulu, tourists are still enjoying the beaches. CBS News 8 photojournalist Charlie Landon and his family arrived Thursday afternoon, and he says there is no indication a hurricane is coming, but now he's heading to Hilo, and he knows he'll be chasing a storm on vacation.

"It's light tradewinds. We have high cumulous clouds -- it looks like every other day I have been here, really no indication. There is no wind, it's really light," Landon said.

But Landon and his family are flying to Hilo to spend two weeks in their vacation home, where a hurricane warning is in effect.

"Friends on the big island say preparations for the storm are unprecedented, with emergency sirens going off every half hour," he said.

Hurricance Iselle is expected to rip through Thursday, and trailing behind is Julio, forecast to hit on Sunday.

"We wait all year for this trip. We have a home here and if something significant is going to happen to the home we would like to be here," Landon said.

With a foot of rain is expected to fall by Friday, he says friends on the island are packing up, and shelves are becoming bare.

"Since our home there is 22 feet in the air with 60 feet of sliding glass, I guess we will be bunking with friends in the area," he said.

And no time off just yet.

"What does a news photographer do on vacation? Well this one is ending up chasing a storm," Landon said.

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